Why I am writing a novel.

12 Feb

My novel has been in production for a very long time.  I started writing it when my children were in Primary School and I am now a Grandma. However, I haven’t given up and am determined to complete it this year.

I am writing the book as a memorial to my Great Aunt Catherine who was confined to the Liverpool Workhouse for two years, together with her brothers, one of whom became my granddad.  The brothers survived to lead long, productive lives, but Catherine died of TB aged only nineteen.  A brief, troubled life about which we know very little.

The story marries fact with fiction and is my attempt to make sense of what happened to Catherine and many more like her in nineteenth century Liverpool, an era that witnessed extremes of wealth and poverty in Liverpool.

This is what keeps me writing and each time I post an extract, I am keeping her memory alive, even if I am the only reader.

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